Bloomfield gets win under belt on return

Daniel WynneRichard Bloomfield returned to action for the first time since an injection in his back in early April and made the second qualifying round of the $30,000 Challenger in Cremona, Italy.Daniel Wynne

Richard Bloomfield returned to action for the first time since an injection in his back in early April and made the second qualifying round of the $30,000 Challenger in Cremona, Italy.

Bloomfield beat Brazilian Rodrigo-Antonio Grilli 6-4, 6-3 on the outdoor hard courts before falling to world number 342 Juan-Sebastian Cabal of Colombia.

Bloomfield's compatriot Dan Evans had a good week, reaching the semi-finals of the singles main draw and the final of the doubles with partner Laurynas Grigelis of Lithuania.

Meanwhile 20 pairs of ladies descended on East Anglia Tennis and Squash Club to compete in the inaugural Libby Ferris Flowers Ladies' charity tournament.


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The format was four boxes of five pairs playing one-set matches, with the top four pairs going through to a semi-final and final.

The field was strong and there were some dogged battles. The semi-finals saw Liz Lake (Acle) and Aynsley Evoli (EATSC) take on Liz Waller and Hilary Prosper (Blofield) and Gilly Cocks and Sally Hardwick (Cringleford) playing Val Woodhouse and Belinda Cammell (Cromer), with the Blofield and Cringleford pairs prevailing.

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In an exciting final Liz and Hilary finally scooped the win, 6-4. Libby Ferris Flowers manager Tracie Watts presented both pairs with bouquets.

An excellent lunch, prepared by club staff Pam Reeves and Rachel Batley, was enjoyed by all and a raffle in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support raised �250.

There are still spaces available for the Louise Willgrass Memorial Ladies' Doubles charity tournament to be held on Wednesday, September 15. Email Diane Bush: dianebush@ntlworld.com for further information or an entry form.

There are still tickets available for the Norfolk men's tennis fundraising event this Saturday.

The men's team will play a football match against their Suffolk counterparts at Diss Town FC on Brewers Green Lane and the match will be followed by an evening with the band Jocelyn.

The match, known as The Spurgeon Cup will kick-off at 3pm and admission for the football is �2 for adults and �1 for Under-16s.

A combined ticket for the football and band is available at �7.50.

Tickets will be available on the gate but to reserve yours please e-mail TheSpurgeonCup@aol.co.uk.

Any profits will be distributed amongst the senior county teams to help with the costs of competing.

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